Monthly Archives: January 2020

Friday Freebies!

You know you like the free stuff. Me, too, which is why I keep accumulating — and sharing — links to all these freely available fantastic online resources. Here’s another batch of great links for free art, books, posters — … Continue reading

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Beyond Blogger’s Block

Recently, I’ve slowed the pace of my blog postings here. Not that I have ever adhered to any sort of “schedule” for putting something here. Let’s face it, the “back porch” aspect of the blog’s title betrays the informal nature … Continue reading

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Songs of Will T. Massey — “Long Distance Love”

for Peg Miller This song stands apart from the others on Will’s 1989 self-released cassette, Slow Study. Peg Miller, co-owner of the legendary Chicago House with her partner, Glynda Cox, co-wrote this song with Will back in his Chicago House … Continue reading

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Remembering Hank Dittmar

Today would have been my friend Hank’s birthday if he were still alive. Today should have been Hank’s birthday — he died too young just over a year ago. Currently, I am reading his book, My Kind of City, a … Continue reading

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Observations of a Rural Postal Route Operator circa 1920s

G.M.C. Massey, my grandfather, wrote manuscript notes for memoirs of his 80 years living in Texas from 1880 onward. He gave up his first career, teaching, after 20 years and bid on the Star Route mail contract out of San … Continue reading

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Happy Anniversary — 30 Years & Counting

Sara & I got married 30 years ago today! David Siskind, the fellow who married us, opened the short ceremony with the comment that he and his wife had recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary with hopes that we, too, … Continue reading

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Absolutely Free — Thousands of Resouces

You KNOW how I love sharing free stuff with you. Or at least leading you to links where you can download freebies for yourself. Here’s a few to kick off 2020. Public Domain Day releases, 2020 January 1 is Public … Continue reading

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“L. H. Buller, Prominent Palacios Citizen, Drowns” — Palacios Beacon, Jan. 1, 1931

The front page headline of the January 1st, 1931 edition of the Palacios Beacon announced the death of my great-grandfather, Louis H. Buller. I recently wrote about the grandfather I never knew, Clarence Buller, and how I only learned of … Continue reading

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